Visit mahatma Ghandhi monument – A surprising find at the source of the Nile is a shrine to Mahatma Gandhi. As per his wishes, on his death in 1948 his ashes were divided up to be scattered in several of the world’s great rivers, including the Nile in Uganda. This bronze bust, donated by the Indian government, commemorates the act.
Vice-president Hamid Ansari paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on Thursday at the source of the river Nile in Jinja in Uganda where a part of his mortal remains were immersed in 1948.Ansari hailed the Father of the Nation as one of the strongest links between India and Africa. Ansari, who arrived in Uganda on February 21, planted a sapling after offering flowers at the bust of the Mahatma in Jinja, which is a hub of the Indian community in Uganda.
The bust was installed by the Indian government and inaugurated by then Prime Minister IK Gujral in 1997. It sits amid cool climes and verdant surrounding, and postured in a pensive mood. The plaque below reads: “Universal apostle of peace and non-violence whose ashes were immersed in the river Nile in 1948.”
Ansari, who is accompanied by wife Salma, Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla, four MPs — Kanimozhi, Ranvijay Singh Judev, Ranee Narah and PK Biju — later also, visited the source of the Nile River. Ansari is in Uganda as part of his two-nation visit to Africa. He visited Rwanda during the first leg of his tour.
This is India’s first bilateral visit to Uganda since 1997 and seeks to further engage India with Africa. Gandhi’s thoughts remained one of the dominating elements in Ansari’s several addresses, including the one at the University of Rwanda, where he emphasized the shared link of anti-colonialism struggle and fight against discrimination.
“India owes an unforgettable debt of gratitude to Africa’s role in inspiring our struggle for national liberation. It was on this continent that Mahatma Gandhi developed and first practiced the concepts of non-violence and peaceful resistance that won India its freedom,” he said.